Recognition for Daft as a Brush

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care have been privileged to receive many awards in recognition of the good work the charity does each day to help cancer patients on their journey to recovery.

We are honoured to receive awards in many categories covering all types of charitable activities in the North East. Each award highlights the vital role all our volunteers have, without whom, our service to cancer patients would not be possible. Thank you.

The Queen’s Award
for Voluntary Services

In recognition of contributions to communities, in 2016 Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.


Unite the Union
At Nissan UK

Presneted to Brian Burnie for ‘Your hard work and dedication, creating and running the charity Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care’.

Unite Award

Living North
‘Changing Lives’ Award

A celebration of the North East – The Living North Changing Lives Award was presented to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care in 2016.

Living North

Prime Ministers
Points of Light Award

The Prime Minister recognised the Daft as a Brush free ambulance service. “Your work is improving the lives of thousands of cancer patients undergoing treatment in the North East.”

Local Heroes

The heroes, nominated by people in Tyneside, had their names cast in bronze plaques which will be fixed in place permanently by the River Tyne. Brian Burnie was awarded in 2018.

North East Heroes

North East
Charity Awards

Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care and the hundreds of volunteers who deliver a first class service to cancer patients, highly commended in the regional finals.

North east Charity Awards

Paul Harris Fellowship
Rotaty Award

Presented to Brian Burnie and Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care by the Rotary Foundation in recognition of ‘significant assistance’.

Paul Harris Award

Celebrating Excellence
Newcastle NHS Trust

Volunteer of the year presented to Daft as a Brush Cancer Patient Care for the service provided to cancer patients.

NHS Award

Charity Film
Awards Finalist

Our short homemade film, ‘The Daft as a Brush Team’ was voted ‘finalist’ in the 2022 Charity Film Awards. Watch from our Homepage


Platinum Champions Award

Brian Burnie has been recognised as a Platinum Champion for his outstanding contribution as a volunteer in the year of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

platinum award

Guinness World Record

The most servings of fish and chips on VJ Day 15th August 2006 at Doxford Hall. 2,500 WWII veterans at a Garden Party organised by Brian Burnie with Len Gibson and many friends.